The Criminal Court on Tuesday convicted former deputy commerce minister Nuttawut Saikuar and United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship chairman Jatuporn Promphan for eavesdropping on a telephone conversation of a former secretary of the Supreme Court
Jatuporn and Nuttawut were initially sentenced to three years in jail and were slapped with a fine of Bt60,000 each. The court however commuted the sentence by one thirds to two-years imprisonment and a fine of Bt40,000 each.
The court eventually suspended the jail term on grounds that the person damaged by the eavesdropping sent a statement to the court, saying he understood why the two had listened in to the phone conversation.
Jatuporn, Nuttawut and former PM’s Office minister Jakrapob Penkair played the tape of phone conversation between the then permanent secretary for PM’s Office Piraphan Premputi, the then secretary of the Supreme Court, Wirat Chinwinijkul, and Pairoj Nawanut, then a Supreme Court judge at a UDD rally at Sanam Luang.
Jakrapob was charged along with the two eavesdropping but escaped overseas so his case was indefinitely suspended.
Winyut Chartmontree, the lawyer of Jatuporn and Nuttawut said that a judge had written to the court to state that he understood that Jatuporn and Nuttawut did it to fight against dictatorship.